February 5th, 2008
08:39 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: McCain the favorite of anti-war Republicans

McCain appears to be winning among anti-war Republican voters.

McCain appears to be winning among anti-war Republican voters.

(CNN) - Another surprising finding in the national exit polls: John McCain - who has made the war in Iraq and the need for continued U.S. involvement there a centerpiece of his campaign - is actually winning among Republicans who are against the war. Among those Republicans who disapprove of the war, nearly half voted for McCain, while only a quarter voted for Mitt Romney - even though McCain spent the past few weeks trying to portray Romney as more liberal on the war.

Moderates - those most likely to disapprove of Iraq – seem to simply prefer McCain, even when they don't square on the issues.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Ida ca

    People are just dumb.

    February 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. Henry

    This just shows how unreliable exit polls really are.

    February 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. whatsitToyou

    Wow this proves it people are dumb! People who are against the war vote for 100 years of war McCain! HAHA!

    February 5, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. beno

    i agree with the above comment. i dont think these people even know where the candidates stand....... just dumb and lazy...... self-contradictory.

    February 5, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. henry

    A War with No American Advantage

    February 5, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. claire riccardi

    Please tell your commentators and graphics person:
    It's a split AMONG McCain, Romney and Huckabee in GA, NOT BETWEEN. Between means two. Thank you.

    February 5, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. mb

    your analysis is horrible. they vote for McCain not because they are "against the war" but because they are against the way it has been handled by Bush. They think McCain will manage the war much better.

    February 5, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. dawhb

    I think he'll also attract most of the independent voters once he get nominated for republican candidate.

    February 5, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. sarah

    I am an anti-war democrat, however, I am also a realist. It would be a disaster to pull out, maybe those polled feel the same.

    February 5, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Tom

    US citizens fear loosing more than anything. The problem is the Bush administration, of which McCain is following by a nose, hasn't told anyone we actually won the war that we started. Sadam was captured and executed and the US occupies the country. I call that winning. The problem is that Bush/McCain what to occupy Iraq long term. McCain rants about surrender and waving the white flag. Hog wash! Iraq keeps the American's occupied which in turn, US citizens forgot about Bin Laden......of which Bush and McCain will fail to bring to justice.....time for a REAL change!

    February 5, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. peter

    McCain seems more open to discussion, alternative views, bi-partisan outreach, etc.

    Some may feel that he might be less rigid once in office when presented with intelligence, unlike the Bush administration who seemed to spend their time in the White House rejecting the opinions of experts (Iraq, Terry Shaivo, Global Warming, etc). Romney thinks that Bush has done a great job (for the most part) as President, which is completely at odds with most peoples' opinions (including many Republicans).

    February 5, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. jerrytimms

    People who think McCain is a moderate haven't done their research!

    February 5, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. js

    People are dumb, they bought the media propaganda about McWarmonger being a "moderate".

    The anti-war republican vote should have gone to Ron Paul, but geez any of them are better than McWarmonger.

    February 5, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  14. Henry

    even realists should be able to realize that we're not fighting a winnable war

    February 5, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. cella

    This is just evidence of the intellectual free lunch occurring at the polls. The biggest threat to America are those who vote without understanding the candidates' positions. This is how we got Bush Jr. in office... twice.

    February 5, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Deke R

    The question still remains why the moderates supported Mccain in the primary ,and will they continue to support him in the general election or is it a setup?

    February 5, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. Mentant

    Just goes to show you that americans tend to vote for personality, whether actual or percieved. Its helped McCain weather the storm of conservative discontent, and will prove to be an anchor on Hillary.

    February 5, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. heights-girl

    Someone needs to tell Blitzer that the word "project" isn't pronounced
    PREJECT. Did this guy graduate from elementary school?

    February 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Campbell

    shocking, when they have a conservative anti-war candidate in Congressman Ron Paul. Either mb is right (they vote mccain because they're against the HANDLING of the war, rather than the war itself), or media exclusion really DOES work to prevent knowledge of a candidate from spreading.

    February 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. X

    I think it could be because they think McCain is the one who's going to end the war by winning it. People don't like war, so they don't want to vote for someone who will pull out spontaneously, which will encourage terrorsts since they'd definitely say they won and terrorism works and they can even beat America, then they would draw us back into another war in the future. So even if they opposed the war from the beginning, they know there's no easy way out, and the war has to be seen through to the end to actually stop them. Hilary wants us all out in a year, and that seems a little unreasonable unless you have Godlike negotiating skills and somehow manage to take control of underground networks.

    February 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. Sarge in Florida

    Just goes to show how STUPID republicans are...They don't want to continue in Iraq but they still vote for McCain who stated that we might be there for 100 years....McCain needs to go into his nursing home...Way to OLD...Just like Regan was..he will get alzheimer's and won't know which end is up....God help this country if another Republican gets into the White House...Canada here i come...

    February 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. Marjorie Fowler

    I'm glad to see Obama ahead in some states. We need a change from the Republicans and the old Clinton Administration. I just wish you people at CNN would announce the wins in a more fair manner. You spend too much time talking about Clinton's wins and not talking about Obama.
    He should win fair and square without your news commentators trying to make it a racial vote and trying to build Clinton up in your news commentary.

    February 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. Nate

    Typical American voters. It makes me sad.

    February 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. sar

    Go Hillary... soon to be President!!! We want you!!! Have been supporting you all along even when the national media wasn't. You are the one for our country to unify us and bring our country togetherfor and the world!!!!!!! GO HILLARY!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. doush baggg!!!!

    it dose not matter about the republican ticket any way G.W. has left that party in shambles

    February 5, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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